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Fields of Study: Law, Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering

Located in Manchester – the capital of the North of England – the University of Manchester is the second largest higher education institution in England and one of the most prestigious. It has a reputation as a truly global institution, and with more international students studying here than at any other UK university, you are invited to make friends from across the world and be inspired by its pioneering and innovative research spirit. 

Unique study opportunities

  • Pre-Law Pathway for U.S. students: Spend one or two semesters of your junior or senior year studying law at one of the leading law schools in the U.K. 
  • Leadership and Service Pathway: In addition to the academic program, engage with British life in a dynamic way by volunteering with local community groups.
  • Sustainability Pathway: Choose from a list of courses related to sustainability and get involved in various environmental initiatives.


Language of Instruction: English

Optional. Foreign language study is available. Check host institution course catalog.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: Three to six courses for 21-24 quarter/14-16 semester UC units per semester.
  • A total of 42-48 quarter/28-32 semester UC units are required per year.
  • You may take up to one-third (33%) of your total unit load pass/no pass.
  • Courses may transfer as lower or upper division to UC.

Current Program Courses

After arrival, on-site staff will help you find and enroll in classes to fulfill degree or general requirements.

Catalogs and resources

  • University of Manchester: Find course offerings by first selecting a subject in the table and then "Course details." Note that in the UK a "Course" is usually equivalent to a major academic plan at UC, and a "Module" is equivalent to a course (or class) at UC.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Academic Offerings: See an overview of academic offerings at the English Universities host institutions.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic Culture

Studying abroad in England helps you develop an independent learning style, with strong writing skills and active participation in your own learning.

  • Introductory courses at an English university (or uni) are comparable to sophomore level in the US.
  • Many courses are the equivalent of UC upper-division, and instructors expect prior knowledge of the subject.
  • There is more emphasis on writing and independent reading than at UC, and your participation can influence the final grade.
  • Differences in teaching style may include less-detailed instructions, fewer in-class sessions (except science classes), and fewer in-term assessments.
  • Many courses are taught with lectures and seminars. Lecture class sizes can be quite large and seminar groups are smaller.
  • Faculty (called lecturers) don't often hold office hours, but welcome individual questions and are eager to help visiting students.


Grades for the fall semester are typically available late March, and grades for the spring semester are typically available late July or early August.

Past exam papers are available and local students use them to prepare for exams. Your final grade will heavily and sometimes fully depend on the final exam. UC policy doesn't allow UCEAP participants to retake exams (called re-sits) and exam dates aren't flexible.